Oceania cruise passengers flown to Miami after ship fire

Passengers from the Oceania Cruises ship Insignia were flown to Miami Thursday night following an engine-room fire that left two contractors and a crew member dead.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the the blaze, which sent three crew and two contractors to the hospital. One crew member remains hospitalized in stable condition, Oceania said.

In a statement, Oceania said it was deeply saddened by the tragic events. "We have extended our heartfelt condolences to the families of those involved and are offering them our full support. This is truly an emotional time for all of us at Oceania Cruises,” it said.

Oceania said the fire broke out about 8:30 a.m on Dec. 11 while the ship was docked at Port Castries, St. Lucia. It said the fire was contained to the engine room and extinguished.

None of the 656 passengers were injured. Oceania said they were being put up in Miami hotels until they could be flown back to their cities of origin.

Passengers will get a full refund and a voucher for 50% off a future Oceania cruise.

Newly named Oceania President Jason Montague and a technical team are in St. Lucia.

Insignia was in the middle a 10 day cruise scheduled to arrive in Miami Dec. 17. The balance of the cruise was canceled. There was no immediate word on Insignia’s next scheduled cruise.

The 684-passenger Insignia was built in 1998 and had been refurbished in May following a two-year charter to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

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